Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1975:

Protests for Palestinian human rights were loud, self-confident, and strong.

Here are some news articles, film announcements, and an interview excerpt, from the Ann Arbor, Michigan press taken from 1975 and 1976. They reflect a very self-confident defense of Palestinian human rights in a major university town.

To enlarge the text, click on these articles from Ann Arbor--

-- including this 1975 article from the Ann Arbor Sun, reporting on a protest, at the University of Michigan, against the Israeli President. This article is cut into two pieces below:

Later, Ann Arbor City Councilmember Kathleen Kozachenko complained at City Council about the aggressive behavior of Ann Arbor riot police against those people protesting the Israeli President at the University. See the March 18, 1975 Ann Arbor News, page 29.

Councilmember Kozachenko had been among those protesters. Ann Arbor Mayor James Stephenson was quoted as saying that he would like a resolution of censure against City Councilmember Kozachenko for attending that protest.

Also from the Ann Arbor Sun, Feb. 26, 1976, is an interview conducted by Herbert Boyd, who taught in the Black Studies Department of Wayne State University. He interviewed Howard Kohn about how the Palestinian people were exiled from their homes in Palestine and how that led to the civil war in Lebanon:

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